It’s another Monday in Arkansas

Since we last visited Congressman Mike Ross has tiled for reelection. Robbie Wills officially joined the 2nd District race. Gov. Mike Beebe is also in. Four of the eight announced Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have yet to file. The deadline is noon today.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet pledges to cut $1 million from the budget of the governor’s office if elected. Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe counters that his office has reduced spending in the past year.

Sen. Mark Pryor and Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, are pushing legislation designed to promote energy-efficient buildings.

200 airmen will be deployed to Afghanistan from an Air National Guard unit at Fort Smith.

U.S. Forest Service officials could begin scheduling meetings this week with those who have filed appeals to a recent decision to restrict access to parts of the Ouachita National Forest.

A Pulaski County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Game and Fish Commission to stop the commission from keeping more than $30 million generated from leasing state lands to Chesapeake Energy Corp.

A federal judge says five Hispanic men were victims of unconstitutional racial profiling when they were given traffic tickets by an Alexander police officer.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is trying — for a second time — to sell an airplane on eBay.

In the Eighth Little Rock Marathon Moninda Marube, of Keller, Tx., won the honors for men with an unofficial time of 2:29:41. On the women’s side, Little Rock’s Leah Thorvilson won the event for the second year in a row, posting a time of 2:48:28.

General Motors says it will give about 580 dealerships that are losing their franchise agreements the chance to be reinstated.

Simmons First National Corp. will close nine of its branches in June. With the closings, four of the communities – Grady, Hector, Huttig and Leslie – won’t have any bank.

The seizure of Swift Transportation trucks by sheriffs can continue, according to a ruling from a U.S. District Court judge. The trucks and their loads will be sold to satisfy a judgment against Swift for leaving a Monticello resident a quadriplegic after one of its trucks ran him off the road.

Charles B. Pierce, an independent filmmaker whose inexpensively made documentarystyle drama The Legend of Boggy Creek influenced the hit film The Blair Witch Project decades later and made him something of a legend himself, has died at age 71.

White County authorities say William R. Stewart apparently killed himself after firefighters battling a grass blaze stumbled across an illegal dog-fighting ring and investigators found an indoor marijuana-growing operation on property where he lived.

The teenager accused of raping his eight-day-old daughter in 2008 is scheduled to appear in court again in April. According to Prosecutor Fletcher Long, the case of Reginald Davis of Forrest City, is scheduled for trial in St. Francis County District Court.

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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